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Posted on: October 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Regarding Shooting Investigation on E. Hawthorne Road

PR 2023

UPDATE: Regarding Shooting Investigation on E. Hawthorne Road 

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives continue investigating the shooting that occurred on September 30, 2023, at approximately 11:15 am, in the 2400 block of E. Hawthorne Road.  

Initial information gleaned from interviews of witnesses, involved parties, and evidence, it appears at this early point of the investigation that the incident began when two individuals were contacted by security for trespassing on federal land (Bonneville Power Administration/Department of Energy), which was clearly marked by signage.

During the contact, a heated verbal exchange between security and one of the suspected trespassers escalated into a physical altercation.  Statements indicate at some point, the second suspected trespasser entered the physical altercation with security, who was armed and by himself.  Uninvolved witnesses stated the two males appeared to be aggressive toward, or actually fighting with, the lone security, who fired his weapon, striking the two males.  

One adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the second adult male was transported to the hospital, where he remains, for additional care.

Major Crimes Detectives and Forensic Unit Technicians documented the scene and collected evidence.  

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  No charges have been filed, and no further information is available.     

The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name, along with the cause and manner of death, at a later time when appropriate.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or can provide information regarding what specifically took place and has not already been contacted by law enforcement is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective B. Wilson at 509-477-3476, reference #10147736.

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Original release of information on September 30, 2023:

Major Crimes Detectives Investigate Shooting on E. Hawthorne

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene of a shooting in the 2400 block of E. Hawthorne Road. 

On September 30, 2023, at approximately 11:15 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 911 calls regarding a shooting in the 2400 block of E. Hawthorne Road.  Initial callers reported that a security guard at the location was involved in some kind of altercation with two subjects who were shot during a struggle, and law enforcement was needed.

Deputies, Spokane Police Officers, and medical personnel arrived to find two wounded subjects.  One was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the second suffered what appears to be a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital. 

Major Crimes Detectives were called, along with Forensic Unit Technicians, to process and document the scene.  SIRT Team Volunteers also responded to assist with traffic control.

The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name, along with the cause and manner of death, at a later time when appropriate.  The second subject continues to receive medical treatment and evaluation.

The security guard was not seriously injured. 

This remains an active investigation in its very early stages, and no additional information is available at this time. 


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